By Joyce Vance, ALTA Board Chairman
It has been an extraordinarily long road for me to become the new Board of Directors Chairman for the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association. My ascent to this position begins with serving as a coordinator, followed by serving as an overall coordinator, league vice president, first vice president and secretary, and president. After successful completion of each of these roles, ALTA board members are to serve two years on the Executive Committee and the board with these terms running concurrently. Upon completion of these prerequisites, you are voted in by the current board to chairman for the upcoming year. While it might appear to be an overnight process, each rung on the ladder is intended to prepare you for this position.
The board serves as the governing body for ALTA’s policies and business practices. It is comprised of a diverse group of individuals to include the chairman, 2019 ALTA president, 2020 ALTA president, 2021 ALTA president, ALTA Foundation president, 2020 elected member, 2021 elected member, treasurer, and first vice president (secretary to the board). Each member brings an array of ideas to the table, as well as his or her specific skill set. This year, the board will focus on growing the membership, expanding our league boundaries, continued enhancement of our website/technology, assistance to the league VPs in streamlining some of their essential duties, and examining ways to enhance our services to various organizations and individuals through the ALTA Foundation.
I am honored to serve as your 2021 chairman, and I pledge that we as a board will endeavor to persevere. Without our members, there would be no ALTA. COVID-19 slowed our progress in 2020, but we stayed the course. The virus is still with us; however, with the availability of the vaccine, there might be some light at the end of this tunnel. We, the board, stand ready to face the challenge.